by Sue Joerger I sit in my pickup truck, window down, stuck in traffic in an industrial area of Tacoma. The air is hot and gritty. Miles of container trucks grind through low gears, spewing blue and black smoke. The noise makes me roll up my window. At a red light, I impatiently flip through… Continue Reading Field Notes: Holding on to hope in Elliott Bay
You may have heard conflicting information about the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Clean Water Rule”, which was presented in its final form on May 27, 2015. Many clean water advocates are struggling to decide whether the new regulations are an overall win or loss for the nation’s waters. Puget Soundkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance have determined that… Continue Reading EPA waters down the Clean Water Act
by Sue Joerger Bright green blackberries bushes thick with white blossoms crowd the banks of the Green River. The air is sweet with the smell of cottonwoods and thick with pollen from the blooming grasses. I sneeze a dozen times as I ride my bike south on the Interurban Trail looking for illegal water pollution.… Continue Reading Field Notes: Green River
by Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper “This waterway is restricted to commercial traffic only.” Those were the words from the US Coast Guard last Friday, May 15, after Puget Soundkeeper’s patrol boat declared its intention over marine radio to transit the west waterway of the Duwamish River, our normal route for the last 25 years.… Continue Reading View from the Helm: The local and global impacts of Shell’s misguided Arctic adventures
This page may be updated as new information becomes available. The Washington Department of Ecology has withdrawn its approval of a controversial plan to apply the pesticide imidacloprid to control burrowing shrimp in areas of oyster cultivation in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor, on the Washington Coast. Ecology’s prior approval of the pesticide permit caused… Continue Reading Soundkeeper applauds response to community concern over pesticide use on shellfish beds
The Seattle Department of Planning and Development has decided that leasing Terminal 5 to Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet falls outside the use specified by the Port of Seattle’s current shoreline permit, according to an announcement by Mayor Ed Murray this morning. The Port must now seek a new permit or appeal the decision. They also… Continue Reading City of Seattle says Port must obtain a new permit to host Shell’s Arctic drilling fleet
by Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper April 22 was Earth Day. Do you know where your planet is? What did you do for Earth Day? Did you plant a tree? Clean up a beach? Engage in a celebration? Protest Arctic drilling? Bicycle to work? If so, congratulations, and thank you! If not… don’t worry. The… Continue Reading View from the Helm: Your Soundkeeper Earth Day Report
Thanks to all who filled out the stormwater survey! We appreciate your feedback immensely. Below you’ll find answers to some of the questions posed by survey-takers, and please check out our infographic that sums up the issue of stormwater pollution. We hope this information is helpful, and feel free to reach out with additional questions! The… Continue Reading Stormwater Survey: What We Learned
Protecting safe water and healthy communities: what you need to know about Water Quality Standards in Washington On March 23, the Department of Ecology will conclude the public comment period for a multi-year process that claims to be aimed at reducing the toxic exposure of fish consumers in Washington State. Ecology’s proposal shuffles the numbers, but… Continue Reading Time is running out: Take action to protect local waterways!
Late last fall, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Mark Mattson published a blog post on the six qualities of a water leader. One item on the list stuck out to us – knowing your personal water story. Many of us have worked so long for water that we have endless stories to tell, but that first connection is something… Continue Reading World Water Day 2015: What’s your water story?